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Boston is the epitome of the historical and the contemporary. Personal preferences for entertainment and interests are virtually endless - from historical trails and artefacts to fringe theatre, from inspirational architecture to dining on local fare, from the old masters to the new brew masters.

Each season brings its own specialties and favourites enjoyed by locals and visiting families, LGBT travellers and everyone else. Popular annual events and festivals include First Night First Day, the Boston Marathon, Boston Calling, Pride Week, Outside the Box, ‘Harborfest’, the biannual Dine Out Boston, Head of the Charles and many holiday events from tree lightings and carolling to The Nutcracker and Black Nativity performances.

Theatre marquees are lit year round and Boston’s music scene hits all the right notes from classic to rock and every genre in between. The renowned Boston Symphony and the Pops and guests artists at the House of Blues and TD Garden perform for your enjoyment. The comedy clubs will make you laugh again and again while the dance clubs and lounges will have you on your feet ‘til they hurt!

Whether you’re a bona-fide fashionista or a whimsical window shopper, Boston’s independent boutiques, galleries, department stores and brand name outlets are certain to suit your needs.

Boston Common and the Public Garden are inspiring whether in full bloom, a riot of colour or during a gentle snowfall. Tours and trails can be enjoyed by foot, bikes, boats, trolleys, segways or "ducks" almost year long. Permanent treasures, hands-on exhibits and ever-changing temporary exhibitions can be found at the city’s famed museums: the Museum of Fine


ITH a rich history, diverse neighbourhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has

Arts, the Museum of Science, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Museum of African American History Museum, the Harvard Art Museums and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to name but a few.

Don’t limit your Boston experience to the main attractions and Boston proper. Meander into the neighbourhoods - each unique with a personality all to themselves. Stroll through Roxbury where abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison lived and where Billie Holiday sang the blues. Pass under Chinatown’s ceremonial gate and explore the culinary and cultural traditions of this diverse Asian community, the third largest in the country.

Recreational activities range from spectator sports (think Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins & Celtics) sailing and kayaking the Charles River, cutting figure eights on Frog Pond, jogging along the Esplanade or posing downward dog on the Greenway. ‘Harborwalk’ along the city’s waterfront is filled with pocket parks, public art, cafes and dramatic vistas. Boston’s newest gem, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is inviting any time of year. Kick back, relax and enjoy musical performances, art installations, outdoor markets and movies, a spin on the carousel and Rings Fountain with its unpredictable water patterns that jet into the air.

Boston’s dining options are dynamic and delicious. No longer the home of “the bean and the cod” - area chefs present signature specialties made from the freshest local ingredients. Boston is truly a walking city and public transportation is accessible and convenient. Pedicabs, taxis and bike rentals are also readily available. The best way to enjoy this compact, friendly and delightful city is to take to the streets - walk, explore, peruse and then relax with a cup of coffee.

More info on Boston, go to Boston is a beautiful city rich with history and culture The Windy City is mighty pretty!

THE world's best food. The world's best museums. Architecture that awes. And enough shopping for days. Find it all in Chicago. With events every weekend, plus live music, theatre and comedy every night — winter in Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement all season. This is a city built on the shores of greatness. There are attractions around every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix with lots of room to play, you'll find fun every day of the year. And special events mean there's always something new to see. Grab your family and go! Explore amazing Navy Pier, and discover the thrilling rides, activities, dining, shopping, museums, and cityscape views that make it the top destination in the Midwest. Don't miss special events like Winter WonderFest and other festivals, huge expositions showcasing flowers, sailboats, art, and toys - to name just a

TapuTapu wearable set to launch in Volcano Bay!

UNIVERSAL Orlando’s third amazing theme park, Volcano Bay, will officially open on May 25, 2017. And Universal Orlando provided a first look at the new TapuTapu wearable coming to Volcano Bay that will transform the way guests experience water theme park entertainment.

When guests arrive to Volcano Bay, they’ll receive a waterproof TapuTapu wearable to use for the day.

Designed specifically and exclusively for use in Universal’s water theme park, TapuTapu will

make the guest experience throughout the entire park as hassle-free and fun- filled as possible.

It will allow guests to virtually wait in line for Volcano Bay’s dozens of unique attractions and discover various TapTu Play experiences throughout the park with just a simple tap.

When it opens on May 25, Universal’s Volcano Bay will become Universal Orlando’s third amazing theme park and provide even more incredible experiences that further complement the entire destination.

Volcano Bay will be an entirely new water theme park experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.

Spanning 30 fully immersive acres and featuring a variety of experiences ranging from daring to serene, Volcano Bay will offer something for everyone – including a multi- directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below and more.

few, and dazzling summertime and holiday fireworks.

Not sure what to see first? Take a tour! Knowledgeable and entertaining guides will show you the sights known around the globe or to the unique architecture, food, and other places that tap into your special passions. Chicago's museums are so rich and robust that you can explore everything from culture, history, and art to planet Earth, the military, and even surgical science. The theatre scene is just as strong. Catch anything from a world-premiere production bound for Broadway to an edgy drama that will leave you breathless. Or catch some live music and watch your favourite artist make the stage come alive. Chicago is the birthplace of improv comedy, so of course, a comedy club must be on your to-do list. You can view more information on visiting Chicago at

The new TapuTapu wearable will transform the way guests experience the new Volcano Bay water park

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